More than 50 American universities (and counting) have changed policies to favor a longer spring break, online classes or no school at all due to the growing number of coronavirus cases in the U.S. As institutions of higher education close their doors, we see life being disrupted in yet another prominent way because of COVOID-19.
“The dorms are cruise ships,” an unnamed Harvard University official told MSNBC about the school’s decision asking students to move out of dorms by Sunday.
Harvard announced Tuesday that students should leave their dorms by Sunday at 5 p.m. Starting after spring break ends, classes will be held online, CBS Boston reported.
“The decision to move to virtual instruction was not made lightly. To our students, especially those of you graduating this year, I know that this is not how you expected your time at Harvard to end. We are doing this not just to protect you but also to protect other members of our community who may be more vulnerable to this disease than you are.” — Harvard President Lawrence Bacow
Nearby in Nashville, Vanderbilt University has also canceled classes for the week. In-person classes will be suspended until at least March 30, perhaps until the end of the semester, WSMV reported.
Some students are criticizing the switch.
“I think it’s going to be a logistical nightmare,” one Harvard student told CBS Boston.
“It’s going to cost a lot, a lot of money, and I think a lot of people are going to have trouble finishing their classes at home,” another said.